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george washington and the making of the nation's highest office. what did you discover new about george washington and this biography? >> the constitution had executive power in a president of the united states, but it failed to disclose what those powers were to visit and it didn't even tell the president how to use them. it told them simply that he was to execute the office of the president. what does that mean? it means nothing today. it meant nothing then and that is what the framers wanted. they had lived for years under an absolute monarchies in indolent and under the tyranny of that malarkey and they were not about to recreate the rtc they created a figurehead in the first president of taking the oath of office was to be just that and george washington and penn the commander-in-chief of the revolutionary army army that defeated the world's most powerful army on earth and one the nation's independence. they adored him and they elected him by the unanimous vote the only president to be elected unanimously. so he took his oath of office and swore to preserve the to protect and defen
the washington press: politics, prejudice, and persistence." the annual festival is hosted by the franklin did roosevelt presidential library of museum in hyde park, new york. this is about 45 minutes. >> good morning. my name is jeff urban, and education specialist at the roosevelt presidential library and museum and a map of the library and museum i would like to welcome all of you in our audience here today and those of you at home watching on c-span for the 10th annual roosevelt reading special. franzen was a plan for the library to become a premier research institution for the study of the entire roosevelt era. the library's research room a consistent one of the busiest of all the presidential libraries. this year's group of authors reflect the wide variety of research that's done you. let me quickly go over the format for the festival's concurrent session. at the top of each are a session begins with a 30 minute author talk. followed by a 10 minute question and answer pair. in the office move to the table in the lobby next to the new deal store where you can purchase
. she discusses her book "women of the washington press: politics, prejudice, and persistence." at annual festival is hosted by the franklin d. roosevelt museum in hyde park, new york. this is about 45 minutes. >>> good morning. my name is jeff and i'm the especialist here at the >> g presidential library andducation a liary and of the presidential library and museum. o i would like to welcome you heri dienceand dethose of you at home watching on c-span. franklin roosevelt plan forked the library to become a premiere research institution.tion for t study oearch room is consistently one of the busiest of the all of the presidentialls library. this year's group of authorsnd reflect the wide variety of research done here. at the top of each hour a session begins with a 30-minute author then they move to the table nex to the lobby where you can purchase their book and havehors them sign them. oohase bop of the next hour, the process repeats itself again.heo today's attendee of the lecture can visit the exciting new permanent exit in the prcialesan library an
, if we go out there to wilkes barre now, do you think we could find george washington, thomas jefferson, james madison, george mason, john marshall and patrick henry? we ain't going to find them. now, at some theoretical level they are there. that is, human beings with the capacity for leadership are there, but the situation doesn't permit that group to rise to the surface. and so the question is, why did that situation exist in 1776? now, there is another answer to this, which is that great leadership only emerges during times of great crisis. and this makes eminent sense, the pressure that the crisis creates. and yet we can all think of examples where there's a great crisis and there's no leadership. like now. [laughter] [applause] >> or the coming of your -- world war i in europe. so what was special, you can't say there was something special in the water back there then. you can't say god looked down upon the american college and bless them. supernatural explanations are not admitted. even if you're an evangelical you're not allowed to use those in a historical conversation. i don't
and from her tenure as publisher and ceo and chair of the board of "the washington post" company. mrs. graham was at the helm of "the washington post" during that era of the pentagon papers and watergatwatergat e. in august of 2013 "the washington post" was sold to amazon founder jeffrey pesos. this is about one hour. c-span: katharine graham, author of "personal history," did your children learn anything from this book about you? >> guest: that's a hard question. i'm sure they probably did, but i couldn't tell you exactly what. c-span: all the stuff in here about your early life and your husband and all that, did they know that? have you-all talked that out? >> guest: yes, i think they understand that he was ill. they--the oldest one was 20, and the youngest one was 11, so they had to deal with it then and always. c-span: the question i had after i read the book was, 'why do you want us to know all this?' >> guest: i really don't suppose that i meant to just tell everything to everybody. but once i sat down to write my story, i just tend to be frank and open, and i wanted to be very
washington post" company agreed monday to sell its flagship newspaper to founder and chief executive jeffrey these those. ownership of the paper after four generations. next week at back at former "washington post" owner the late katharine graham discussing her biography, personal history. c-span: author personal history did your children learn anything from this book about you? >> guest: that's a hard question. i'm sure they probably did but i couldn't tell you exact a wife. c-span: all of the stuff in here about your early life and your husband about that, did you talk that out? >> guest: yes, i think they understand that he was ill. the oldest one was 20 and the youngest one was 11 so they had to deal with it then and always. c-span: the question i had after i read the book was why do you want us to know all of this? >> guest: i really don't suppose that i meant to tell everything to everybody but once i sat down to write my story i just tend to be frank and open and i wanted to be very truthful and i wrote it the way i saw it. i told it the best i could. c-span: when di
that was water. the river came in much closer. it is now washington. as you walk that in fact was the nec as you come in from now the south bend and to boston. it was one of dozens to occupy the gigantic boston harbor and the british had the needy. they kept the entrance open so they could get provisions whether they be from england or from canada. this meant that even though they were completely surrounded by land, boston as a british occupied garrison wasn't going to start. in june of 1775 and this was a battle like none other to it like a terrified young spectator event for those not only living in boston, but in towns around all of the roots of boston were filled with people watching as more than 2,000 regulars made their way across the harbor and the charles river to the charlestown peninsula and began the assault that would erupt into the battle of bunker hill. so this was something viewed by anyone here and then there would settle into a stalemate that would then have george washington archive and that would change anything. and then eventually in march 17, 1776, the british would be forc
to this, talked about it in historical context. shelly and i were in washington last week, and i walked by the jay edgar hoover building, what a disgrace that name is up there. what we know about him, the most corrupt government officials in the history of this republic. his name is still on that building. here's ethos still in the building, and that's why all we talk about whitey bulger is still there. >> on that cheery note -- [laughter] i'd like to thank you all for coming a, like to thank shelly murphy, kevin cullen, boston globe to both of you, whitey bulger, i don't know how many have time to come over, but, yes, after this. [applause] >> what's the new book about? >> called "david and goliath: underdogs, misfits, and art of battling giants," and it's about underdogs. i got really interested in telling the stories of people who seem weak and powerless, and yet go on to accomplish great things. i -- that was a puzzle of how they managed to do that, but i thought it was worthy of a book, and so my letter. >> in 2009, you wrote a piece for the new yorker, david and goliath, and you c
to the german p.o.w.s. this summer will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march on washington. we generally think of the 1960s as the beginning of the civil rights movement. however the changes that came about in the 1960s may not have happened without the efforts of some determined african-american women in the 1940s. another march on washington was planned in 1941. it was led by a. philip randolph with the help of two women named lilo lane and pauline maier's. philip randolph called for african-americans to come to the nation's capital on july 1 to draw attention to discrimination in hiring practices send in the military. the march never took place because president roosevelt signed executive order 8802 which bans discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries and government. the march on washington movement was established then to continue to fight for equality for african-americans. and it was organized largely by three women lately lain pauline maier's and a woman named apple king. they developed a slogan for the movement. nonviolence, goodwill, direct acti
in washington and one time i asked him what he used as his coffee table and i said stanley, what you haven't met him and he said, nude pictures. years later when his family died, i dropped the subject ends are you years later he left his archives and they deliberately delivered the marine corps locker to my house and my husband said, what is in there. and i said nude photos. and he said, come on, let's open it, and i said no, i don't want to remember stanley that way. he said we have to openness, stanley was a great photographer. and we argued about it for a while. then we opened it. it was not nude photographs at all, it was the most sentimental store of kennedy photographs and artifacts and letters and handwritten notes from the president himself and the first lady. anyway, i'm going to show you some of them. i'm going to tell you about them. but because this was the 50th anniversary of the kennedy administration, and because stanley had left me these photographs from i really wanted to share them and i just didn't want to donate them, you know, to a library where they would fit in dust and pe
, oregon, having left washington, d.c., the other washington. there is one institution i miss and that's the library of congress where i wrote this book, most of my three or their books as well. but i know the lord of life and quality of discourse will be greatly improved. and i know also that benjamin franklin would be particularly pleased to know that if speaking here tonight and that he would commend this institution on its civic mindedness. franklin was what was known as a projector. he loves -- loud projects, social projects. knowledge was a social activity and that was exemplified by the program get here at town hall. i do have to say one thing. i think he would probably frown at the roman revival architecture. [laughter] again as a hel hope to make cle, franklin was an implacable foe and felt it was a real weight around the neck of middle-class and a spotting workers who are to get education. i will speak for about 35 minutes roughly i'm helped allow a lot of time for questions. i've been told this is an audience, an event good for discussions and questions. i welcomed the. goin
, washington, d.c., or any capitol in any all fifty states embrace one tenth of that, how much progress would we make? let look at the scientific revolution. eleanor argues there's a constantly evolving science that will change the way that we live. that will make -- she wrote this in 1962, that will make 1984 look like a comic book. that until we learn to encourage scientific developments, foster new medical care, and in a way that will make that medical care assessable and affordable to all who need it, we will have failed science and science will have failed us. so she argues that we have an extraordinary history. and that we are beginning to face our shortcomings in our history. that race and ethnic prejudice and religious bias are the lead that will unravel american society. that will makes so weak that we will lose our position of moral leadership in the world. she talks about being a custodian of the environment, and what that means in terms of the development and wages. she talks about international trade and the battle for the living wage. she talking about our tendency to see human
. so he warned washington about this, set i can hardly see how we can win the hearts and minds of the iranians when we are starving them to death. we should try to find a way to provide them with food aid during the war. one of the most curious diplomatic appointments was the man he ultimately chose to be america's first full-time minister to saudi arabia. prior to that the prime minister dep to double the in saudi arabia. we didn't send anyone to saudi arabia, colonel william any. this is an interesting story, he was a lieutenant colonel in the marine corps and was elected to the are ministered to saudi arabia because he spoke arabic and we didn't have a lot of arabic speakers in the american government so this was a great opportunity to send an arabic speaker to the middle east, didn't matter if he was a marine corps officer. let me give a shameless promotion to my book one more time, that famous picture of president roosevelt meeting the king of saudi arabia. the interpreter, you see in his marine corps uniform, we were a little hard pressed to find people who had expertise
of our trading partners. this was the period maybe some of you remember when the washington policy makers and economists led by the academic neo keynesian, paul samuelson and walter heller suggested that a little inflation induced by managed currency say two or 3% less controllable and desirable. at the end of the 1970's it had reached the annualized rate of 15% carey and since the u.s. dollar was the primary reserve currency under the treaty, the foreign central banks were in effect required to purchase the undesired dollars in their banking systems against the creation of their own domestic money, foreign central banks held these dollars as official reserves. they didn't bury them in the vaults. they promptly reinvested these dollars and the new york money market thus enabling americans to buy again with the original cash balances used before to buy the goods abroad. in a word this duplication of purchasing power of the reserve currency system of brentonwood and associated with the production of new output caused aggregate demand to exceed aggregate supply. inflation must be the ultimat
washington d.c.. my colleague sack hunt who is also my son and i want to single them out because i can. thank you. i wrote this book for two reasons. two reasons mainly. one is i like a good story. i enjoyed writing, i have all my life. this just struck me as a pretty good yarn. this is a compelling story. it is also true. i hope it reads like this but it struck me at one point almost like a novel, almost stranger than fiction house some of these things happened and the interrelationships of people and leaders and so forth and first of all it struck me as a pretty cool story and i hope you will think so if you read the book. the other reason was after reflecting, after talking with these fellows and a number of other people in the room tonight, there were 163 interviews over a period of time, what struck me most of all was this was a very timely story for the age in which we now live which tends to be so contentious. we are sitting here with senator alexander who must live in this environment i am describing every day not only in washington but state capitals all over the country that we have
out in the book is that the deficit spending is routine in washington. it's 31 out of the last 35 years. the republicans and democrats are both involved. it is a, you know, there's not too much bipartisanship in washington but seems to be a bipartisan agreement to kind of kick this ball down the road. so, i think that, you know, we need to face up to the fact that the american people and its leaders have sort of joined in this kind of game where we pretend we can have very low taxes and have them even lower and still have lots of programs and services for the country, that the government pays for. and the numbers aren't adding up and there are going to be some tough political choices because we either have to raise taxes or cut back programs or do some of both and we need to do it for the budget and we need to look at it for social security and medicare, as well. >> host: scott bittle, page 83 of the book, you point out that the main function of the world's greatest superpower is, writing checks to retired people. yeah, we know it, you write, surprised us, too, you better sit down
it in washington state, california is our launch market, washington state and we will be sending them across the country as well. the fastest growing jobs in los angeles county for an employer. we had the mayor a couple of months ago, pardon me, mayor antonio villaraigosa and many other politicians in stakeholders from the local and political and government affiliates that were here at our grand opening in downtown los angeles. since this car was assembled in the united states with the least 35% u.s. content, we believe that we will have a significant impact on the automotive industry. [inaudible question] >> we have an american savile lives overseas actually works on the car. we have citizens from america that actually employed by us but we have 256 employees right now and they are based out of los angeles, california. >> how many are overseas? >> i'm not sure. but i'll use the 2000 a number. it is 100%. >> okay, so we are not going to tell you that on film. so this car is made by this enterprise and among other things they import these directly and who would back an organization like back?
to apples comparison. mitt has a 5,400 word essay for devoted to him in the washington post. in that essay we learn stop the press seeing 15 he cut some boys here and we learned at the same data barack obama switched his position on the rights and the boy allegedly was a homosexual. the story isn't switching his position. the point is that we have to cover that was a homophobe half never -- never mind he is now deceased. his family disputed that story. that's what we needed to know about mitt's youth. san newspaper, 5,500 words on barack obama as you if. we learned he loved basketball. that's the take away. this is a newspaper that would love to to do muckraking but they can't because all of you know that he left basketball. barack obama left something else. he wrote about it in his own book. he loved to do pot. he wrote all about it. how in the world writing a 5,500 word essay on barack obama's high school years could you of it that? if that isn't biased by omission, i don't know what is. if this isn't cataclysmic is this something that caused the election in 2004? it was the plant in 201
and defense policy here in in washington. before that, he was the senior vice president and director of international security and the henry kissinger chair at csis, the center for strategic and international studies and he's also held positions at the kennedy school and he was director of the center for science of international affairs at the university. so a distinguished pedigree before he served in the government. without further ado unwelcome michael to fullilove for his "rendezvous with destiny." [applause] thank you for the introduction. i'm proud to be yet broken this which i am extremely fond. as martin said i came to brookings to watch president obama when the democratic nomination and then win the presidency and i've been very proud for my time in the association with the institution since then as an on a resident fellow and it's a great to see a number of colleagues in the room thank you very much for joining and to those that have come from outside of brookings showing great fortitude in doing that. i know you are mainly here to see kurt, but thank you any way. i'm delig
for this weekend. in light of the recent sale of "the washington post" to the founder of amazon, we will have an encore presentation of the 1997 book notes interview with katharine graham. this happened during a tenure that spanned 20 years and she died in 2001. tomorrow booktv brings you a collection of programs that discuss the cost of higher education. all of these programs can be viewed at or tune in for the topics and more all weekend long here on booktv. for complete schedule, visit >> started now on booktv, robert kaiser across the struggle to pass the dodd-frank bill after the 2008 collapsed. tran-five covers a legislative process for "the washington post" and talks about the major players who passed the legislation and discusses what he learned about the workings of the u.s. congress. this is about an hour and 40 minutes. >> i think we will get going. i would like to welcome everyone here today. i am a senior fellow here at the brookings institute. we are here to celebrate a great author and a great book and an extraordinary piece of legislation. it is maybe on
recently relocated to the pacific northwest. we're based out of portland, oregon, having left washington, d.c., the other washington. there is one institution i miss and i'll probably always miss, and that's the library of congress where i wrote this book and most of my three earlier books as well. but i know that quality of life and the quality of discourse, particularly civic discourse, will be greatly improved. [laughter] and i know, also, that benjamin franklin would be particularly pleased to know that i'm speaking here tonight, and he would commend this institution on its civic-mindedness. franklin was known as a projector, that is he loves social projects, and for him, as i hope to show you tonight, knowledge is an activity exemplified by the programs you have here at town hall. but i do have to say one thing, i think he would probably frown at the roman revival architecture. [laughter] again, as i hope to make clear, franklin was an implacable foe of classical learning and felt that it was a real weight around the neck of middle class and aspiring workers who wanted to get educated,
with an excuse -- exquisite timing we haven't had a senior member of the "washington post" with us. [laughter] said dan balz thought he was coming to talk about his book on the 2012 election but in the wake of monday's surprise announcement that the washington post is being sold to jeff bezos i would guess a few people here are interested in what happening and what's going to happen and where dan works. we will no doubt get to that but let me just say whether dan is discussing the goings-on at the "washington post" or the ups and downs of the presidential race he has always stood out among journalists for his smart insight, good keen ability to synthesize, clear writing and ever calm and composed manner. a newspaper that has prided itself first and foremost for its political coverage, there is a reason that dan urged in recent years as they chief correspondent and it's not because everyone else around him died or retired. [laughter] i worked at -- i worked at the post starting their about the time that dan did in 1978 and i have seen him in action many times. his thoroughness, fair
appeared in new york times, washington post be, "wall street journal," financial times and his book is reviewed in this week's "economist." he served as technical consultant to the drama "24." we could probably spend an hour asking questions about that, actually. he holds a bs in mathematical physics, an ma in physics and and a ph.d. in war studies. so let's not hold him against him that he currently lives in new york city. please join me in offering a very warm welcome to our distinguished speaker, michael levi. [applause] >> thank you for the very kind introduction. it's fantastic to see, fantastic to see such a big crowd here. apparently, there are some folks in houston who are interested in energy. [laughter] i was telling someone earlier, i had difficulty choosing exactly what to wear today. i picked up some interesting items of clothing while i was writing this book. i have now a 50th anniversary opec tie that i still can't find occasion to wear. [laughter] i have a beautiful light blue don't frack ohio bandanna that i also decided against wearing in houston. [laughter] at som
the malaria outbreak. after commenting zachary taylor fell under the vapors of washington and died because he would act honest and straightforward the tribune writers would claim that washington in subsequent years was free of malaria for democrats but when the new republican party began to gain strength it was possible they could become the ruling power were then the water was suddenly dangerous than the national hotel that dozens of heretics' almost died to death. but under the care for all soldiers during the of break the right to impeach johnson that to with three senators, republicans are frustrated with the sudden illness. in never had any of the time that with the water fishing one dash washington. the assassination theorist were not the only ones worried about conspiracy. with a slave power it was common currency in the north where the term was used to describe the political influence of the planter eaton not a theory but had a tone and the slave power had the agenda to extend slavery to the territories and free states and to destroy a civil liberties and control policies of the feder
apples to apples comparison. mitt romney has a 5400-word essay devoted to him in the "washington post," and in that essay, we learned, stop the presses here, that when he was, what, 15 or 16? he cut a boy's hair. oh, yes he did. [laughter] we learn at the very same day that barack obama switched his position on gay rights. the boy allegedly was a homosexual. ah-ha! the story is not barack obama switching his position. the point is that we have to cover mitt romney was a homophobe. nevermind this man is now deceased. his parents, his family said that story was false. this boy's family dispiewlted the story. but there was an essay about it that we had to know about romney's youth. shortly thereafter, same newspaper, 5 # 5 -- 5500 words on barack obama youth. what did we learn there? we learned he loved basketball. barack obama loved basketball. that's the theory -- i mean, that's the signature. that's the take away from his youth. this is a newspaper that would love to do muck raking, but they can't because all they know is that he lovedded basketball. barack obama loved something else
have we come, where have we come to since in the 50 years since the march on washington. at the same time, this particular moment is framed by a three events, the first is in the last three weeks the supreme court overturned the domestic marriage act and struck down the voting rights act. at the same time seven days ago george zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of trayvon martin and the first african-american president of the united states, barack obama, made his second public statement on the state of race relations in the united states so this is the really key moments to reflect on, 50 years later and what kind of progress have we made in black america? so to start out with i will ask you each to comment and let you see as the impact of these three events on black political culture and what they say about what kind of progress is or is not being made in the twenty-first century. do you want to open it? >> thank you all for being here. that is a very provocative question. it is difficult to come up with quick answers in the heat of this particular moment, but i will try to addre
daughter and her daughter were here earlier, and they are in town this weekend for washington, d.c. my colleague zach, is also my son, and i just want to single him out because i can. thank you all. john, i wrote this book for two reasons. two reasons mainly. one is on enjoy writing. i have all my life. and this just struck me as a pretty darn good yarn. this is a very compelling story. it's also true. and i hope it reads like this but it struck me at one point like a novel, almost stranger than fiction, how some of these things happen and and relationships of people and leaders and so forth. and so versatile it just struck me as a pretty cool story and i hope you will think so if you read the book. the other reason was that after talking with these fellows and a number of other people who are in the room tonight, there were 163 interviews over a period of time, that what struck me most of all was that this is a very timely story for the age in which we now live, which tends to be so contentious. i mean, we're sitting there with seth alexander who must live in this environment i'm desc
to washington instead we desperately need engines for the raf, can you make them? he said sure, we can turn out quite a few of those. and he went back, told his father what he had said, and then with an embarrassed face had to to washington that we can do it. because my father will not build any goods or foreign government. he'll make them for america but he will not make them for foreign government. so that border into with chrysler who didn't have the same qualms. the opposition of the war and getting them not only getting into, that was widespread, but even helping the allies was incredibly strong. and roosevelt had to literally walk a tightrope. the first thing he ended up doing, of course was running for president for an unprecedented third term because he did not want to leave the country. and he did not announce by the way that is going to run for the third term until the democratic national convention met in july of 1940. and everybody was playing the will he or won't he? it was the great washington lottery in the spring of 1940. when he finally did inform the convention that he would b
years since the march on washington? at the same time, this particular moment is framed by the events. the first is in the three and a half weeks ago actually, the supreme court overturned the domestic marriage act and struck down the voting rights act. at the same time, seven days ago george sinner minn was acquitted of the murder of trayvon martin and yesterday the first black president barack obama wrote his second public statement on the state of race relations in the united states. so this is a key moment to reflect on 50 years later, and what kind of progress have we made in black america? i'm going to ask you to comment on what you see as the impact of these three events in the political culture and what they say about what kind of progress is and what is not being made in the 21st century. >> that's a very provocative question. it's difficult to come up with quick answers in the heat of this particular moment. we tried to address it. but those three legal interventions so to speak tell us what racial progress has meant historic way, progress in an area of race equality is alwa
for economic justice. he was trying to mount the poor people's campaign, and he called a meeting in washington -- in virginia, rather, and 124 ministers were invited, and guess how many came? none. and i think this is sort of emblematic of a sort of -- it speaks to the fiction of the church at large, black church at large as being the forefront of our struggle. so i'll just say this, the other problem is, though, in fact, it's not that until recently, the last couple generations, i think with my generation that we saw any significant critical mass of black biblical scholars, theological scholars who were able to cut through some of this dominationist dialogue, discourse that has permeated christiandom with the result that the black church too often is held in thrall to the same kinds of misreadings of jesus and the gospels that we see in white churches. not just the patriarchy. but the -- not the unwillingness, but the ambivalence about being political, seeing jesus as a political figure, a political activist who's concerned about political egalitarianism, economic egalitarianism. so these are
a lot of jobs overseas. it became harder for the unions to fight for the middle class. washington drove out bigger tax cuts to the very wealthy and smaller minimum wage increases for the working poor. so, what happened is falling to between the higher productivity and people's wages and salaries was broken. it used to be as companies did better, profits went higher and workers also got a better deal. and that started changing. so the income of the top 1% nearly quadrupled from 1979 to 2007. but the typical family incomes barely budged. and towards the end of those three decades, the housing bubble, credit cards, the turning financial sector was keeping the country are officially to stop so sometimes it tapered over some of these long-term trends. but by the time i took office in 2000 - your president, we all know that the bubble had burst and the cost millions of americans their jobs and their homes and other savings, and i know a lot of folks in this area were hurt pretty bad. and the decade-long erosion that had been taking place in the middle class security was laid out for everybody
, washington, d.c., where c salesman -- c-span is. we got tired of the rat race. we moved to bat bahamas. we bought a flat in london, we move there had. then we moved book orlando and where our kids crew up. now i live in new york, the financial center of the world. meanwhile, i've been writing an investment news letter since 1980. i have written about twenty five books. i taught at colombia university. now i'm teaching at the penitentiary which is an incredible experience. i've had a varied life. married, five children, my wife, jo ann, runs anthem film festival here. we live a really fun life. it's constantly changing. >> host: we are booktv. belle talking about your newest book. first of all, teaching at sing sing. what is that? >> guest: it's part of mercy college. it's a non-- privately funded education. four-year college degree program for the hard-core inmates who are in there for murder or worse, and they can get a college degree so when they do get out, they will have some kind of skill, you know, the biggest problem is recriticism. they don't have a skill so they go back to what th
their own congressman. they had their own people in washington d.c. in the statehouse here. dawson was a black mayor so to speak they delivered thousands and thousands of votes for the democratic party and after talking to people, the way it was explained to me was the city allowed was happy the outfit or encourage the outfit to attack black policy gambling in particular, the black form of the lottery and black gambling because they were afraid the money would be used to elect a black mayor, but they could've had had a harold washington 30 years before harold washington. so stop and think about how having gangsters was purposefully useful to the reigning political machine, groups that could do their bidding if they couldn't solve a problem politically, they can solve it violently so to speak. >> will get to questions in a minute. inevitably asked about the state of things today. from reading your book come you and i agree interviewing various people the number of hard-core active members today is probably around maybe 100. >> if there are 100 i don't what they do. where is that? fi
washington d.c. or new york. put it in a different context. that's all i can do. that's the difficulty of living with the memories of war. we have defined ways to do with them so we don't pass it on to your family and insight that. the >> wilbur the experience is a frightening a long way gone and "radiance of tomorrow." how are they away, how are they different? >> they are very different. i never intended to publish it. you know, to find a way to find to my thinking, so they were to speak five, 10 minute in a sustained way about what i would say. and later on it became a bakery to publish. where's this one i wrote with the tension of publishing. so this was written when i was an undergraduate. this has been written in six countries. so i wrote it in the united state, new york. i wrote it in italy. in aspen, colorado. >> have you grown used to living in the states? >> yes. i still miss them when i go home frequently. i am his sierra leone and with american tenant leaves. that's how i describe myself. i am part of the cultures now. i would've lived in the united states about the same ye
a public defender in spokane, washington who really went to bat. so she was carrying about 101 cases compared to the prosecutor was working opposite her who had 36 cases. so she was really pushed to take this case to trial before she was ready. she had done several trials in the last two months and said that i need a little bit more time. the judge says that should go ahead. you know, this was like a friday. she had to go to court on monday. she decided to refuse and take a stand and say that that would be an assistance of counsel. i'm not prepared for a trial. due to the crunch of money in their office and limited ability to call in this, she was like, i need more time. the judge threatened to hold her in contempt of court. ultimately she was given a few more weeks to prepare for the trial. the elderly man at have been hospitalized and operated on for a hernia, which is a pre-existing condition. his own doctor had known about this for a long time and declined to operate because he was afraid to operate because he thought he would get an infection and die. so ultimately, he was on ve
with the code we have in washington. people keep asking me why are people uncomfortable. i welcome discomfort but i also think it's journalism. this is what we do. we should invite the discomfort. >>> book book tv continues with mac griswold on a mansion built in 1952 and owned by the same quaker family the silver esters for 11 generations. this is about 40 minutes. >> thank you for coming and many thanks to those of you suffering in the sun. soon the shade of the copper beech will shade you gently. i promised to speak long enough for that to happen. every endeavor like this that spans so many years is a collaborative effort. we are lucky here today to have richard come up and say a few words because it is he and linda kaplan both of the american history workshop who pioneered the story of northern slavery particularly in new york with the two great shows at the new york historical society. he's going to set the context and then i will come back on stage and tell you about the book. [applause] i am thrilled to be here with you today. this is a great day of convergence of a book that has been
city and cosmopolitan city right now. if you look at new york in 1913 between washington and new york in 1913 debates about wall street many of his debates at go pretty powerfully today in terms of the relationship between wall street and main street. >> host: what about china? what was it like in 1913? >> guest: studying china has been why the most fascinating things for me and undertaking the research for this book trade i think it's very important for us now to understand just how much throughout the 19th century and early 20th century china was really besieged in a sense by the west. in 1901 you have the boxer rebellion. there's a wonderful photograph i have in the book of u.s. greens inside the forbidden city. this period of history is i think forgotten to some degree in the west but of course it's tremendously important in today's china because it's a tremendously dishonoring episode in china's history. the current chinese regime is very much aware of it but as it grew closer towards 1913 you have a revolution in 1911 and 1911 and you have the end of the qing dynasty and you hav
policy here in washington. before that he was the senior vice present structure of international security program and csi s. the center for strategic and international studies and held positions at the kennedy school and he was director of the center for science and international affairs at the university. he has a distinguished pedigree before he served in the government. without further ado i welcome michael fullilove with his "rendezvous with destiny." [applause] >> thank you for that very nice introduction. i'm delighted to be here at brookings institution of which i am extremely fond. as martin said i came to brookings for a couple of years to watch president obama in the democratic nomination and then in a presidency the presidency and i have been proud with my association to the institution is as a nonresident fellow and to a number of my brookings colleagues in the room thank you for joining us. thank you to those who have come from outside brookings. i know you mainly came to see curt but thank you anyway. i'm delighted to be on the stage with martin and dyke and curt. martin is
there are dozens of books. how many books come out every year about lincoln and washington and teddy roosevelt and military leaders? the one thing you want to do as a journalist and as a writer is advanced that story. take it in a different direction. take that small piece and show readers what really happened in a given time period and that is what kevin and i decided to do with this. we decided we were going to draw readers in bolivia in 1967. we weren't going to start the story with che on his motorcycle trip in 1952 going around but america where he discovers horrific poverty and changes his course from being a doctor to a revolutionary. we weren't going to take you into the mountains where he is fighting alongside castro to overthrow -- what we wanted to do was drop you in bolivia in 1967 show you what bolivia was like, what the united states policy was like, why we feared che so much about ridiculous point and kevin you can fill us in from here. [applause] one thing before kevin starts, any time anybody has a question please feel free to interrupt us. don't wait until the end. just peppe
,000 atheists in front of the washington monument. my more modest hope is to begin a process of remembering some part of the worthy movement of artists, philosophers, and yes, social revolutionaries in order to see just what they might have to say to us now. i hope you will find that they can still speak very powerfully to us. >> welcome that should be clear enough, but maybe you can begin, let's take down, you know, continue with the lebowski moment and take down some of the sides and then take down what you call a disgraceful book by hitchens in god is not great. >> and intellectually shameful book i think. >> but one of the ways that you approach the dilution of science, let me read two sentences of your own. physics made written in the language of mathematics but it is a very different thing to say that nature is written in the language. physics is dependent upon mathematics but mathematics is not a science. math validity cannot be tested. in fact, mathematics has no relation to experience at all. be made equal in to score but that does not mean we know what e is. that to my mind extremely p
will, written biographies of george washington and others. this is a joint biography of thomas jefferson and alexander hamilton. the two polar opposites among the american founding fathers. what they represent is jeffersons a grain, hamilton is federalist, those things still exist today. they come up in our politics all the time. if you really want to understand politics today, go back to understand the difference between jefferson and hamilton. but it's the first time they've been put in a joint biography to. >> do founding fathers books do well almost automatically? >> not automatically. i think it depends on who writes them. there are certain people really well known for doing that. they certainly, there's always an audience for book only founding father, always. spent and finally we want to talk to you about larry sabato his new book spent larry sabato asia is the correct of the center for politics at the university of virginia. he has been fascinated by john f. kennedy ever since as a teenager he fell in love with politics during the kennedy administration. this will becom
. groups groping towards this territory but not against some of the most powerful lobbies in washington, literally. medicine, finance and mental care and those are sophisticated, to understand the ins and outs of medicare and we are long way from the average caregiver understanding the ins and outs of what they're doing. >> katy butler's book "knocking on heaven's door" is coming out in the fall. where does this book spring from? >> from a new york times magazine article. after that it sprang from a new york times magazine article called -- what was it? what broke my father's heart:how pacemaker wrecked our family's wife. and this article was published on father's day and i was afraid readers and would think that my mother and i had been heartless and cruel towards my father and we had just the opposite reaction. we had an explosion of e-mails, people telling about their own family stories and a large number of doctors and nurses talking about how troubled they are by the drift of the profession to not being able to face end of life. >> where did the name of the book come from? >> it is
into the financial world and that internet ever since. i have a phd in economics. my family lived in washington d.c., where c-span is. we call it death star. we got tired of the rat race, so we moved the bahamas and lived there for two years. it was life in living color. we saved enough money in taxes and bought a flat in london. then we moved back to orlando, where kids grew up in either the new york, the financial center of the world. meanwhile, i've been writing writing and investment newsletters sent 1980. i've written about 25 bucks. i taught at columbia university and right now i'm teaching at sing sing penitentiary, which is an incredible experience. i have a pretty varied life. married, five children. my wife, joanne, runs the film festival here. so we live a really fun live and it's constantly changing. >> host: we are booktv, so we will talk about your newest book, "a viennese waltz down wall street." first of all, teaching at sing sing, what is that? >> guest: it is part of mercy college. it is privately funded education for four year college degree program for these hard-core inmates
presidency. they did not try to hide their politics so at some point i was outbid from "the washington post". >> host: then we you allowed to talk politics of the air? >> guest: i was encouraged because i was not the host of a political show also not volleyball or auto repair but i did have a lot of interviews with musicians that consider themselves to be very political even with rage against the machine he has the ideology that is very confining that in his world if you don't agree you are the enemy there is very little room for actual free thought. and then i call him on it. with the limits of their freedom you would assume that it was of lifestyle but in fact, their views are really confined with anybody else and i would come across in my career. >> host: kennedy how do you describe the political power during the '90s? >> guest: incredibly powerful because they realized they could pass in to a generation of future voters. this is also a time when you are your most passionate and realize you could turn that passion into politics it would be an incredible force and regardless if ivory or d
into washington and actually perpetrated the very extended depression that they thought they were supporting. >> host: as we are taping this interview, the markets have hit pretty historic highs. how do you see the economy and the markets in a general sense? >> guest: a general sense, it depends on a program of deregulation to unleash the new companies on the frontiers of the economy. the big companies are doing fine. they have the power to the fight government regulators and lawyers to negotiate their way through the mazes. it is almost impossible to have the initial public offering today. and all economic growth ultimately derives -- not all, but virtually all comes from entrepreneurial companies financed by venture-capital lists. and 21% of gdp even is attributable to companies supported by venture capitalists. 65 percent of market cap comes from companies that were launched by venture-capital lists. and so if you support ipo that may be good for the surviving company's, but it is bad for the future. >> host: we have been talking with george gilder. his 17th or so book, best-seller, "know
wall street both object to the kind of cronyism that runs rampant in washington and now by default in new york, and that cronyism, that collusion between people with the power and the people through the money -- my belief is that the society will dis entangle. >> we have been talking on c-span with max borders author of "super wealth ." booktv is on location in freedom fest in las vegas. >>> the there a non-fiction author or book you would like to see featured on booktv? send us an e-mail. or tweet us at >>> for your interest in a great story about a remarkable president. i was really happy to be able to write this book, because ronald reagan is perhaps one of our benchmarking presidents ever. we wanted to make sure that children like you understood more about what made him so special. because one of you one day could be president of our country. and we want to make sure we have strong leaders who up how important it is to have ideas, and how important it is to communicate. ronald reagan was known as the "great communicator "you are off on a great start, tommy.
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